From the PTO

Want to get involved next school year? PTO is looking for new members. We have an urgent need for volunteers to serve as PTO officers and committee chairs. Other opportunities such as room parents, hot lunch, and other event volunteers will be available in the fall as circumstances allow.

Please contact Rene Sherman (rsherman04@gmail.com) or Principal Barkel (jbarkel@grcs.org) for more information.

Making plans for the next few weeks…

Dear families,

We are in uncharted territory with our world in the midst of our current health situation. We desire to respond to these events faithfully and responsibly — not out of alarm or fear, but with a genuine desire to love our neighbors and profess the peace of Christ.

The GRCS staff is working today on our plan for your children to receive distance learning for the next three weeks.  As elementary teachers, we realize the challenges that distance learning presents for children. We are busy planning meaningful learning activities and experiences that are optional and flexible for your family.  Please watch your email for communication from our district’s administration team over the next few days.

In the meantime, enjoy the sun and have a good weekend,

Anna Boice (Iroquois), Eena Wright (Iroquois), Elizabeth Triminio(Iroquois), Vanessa Abreu (Iroquois), Brandon Helder (Iroquois), Becca Iveson (Rockford), Emily Jansen (Rockford), Barb Kok (Evergreen)

Spanish Immersion Apparel Sale

HELLO GRCS Spanish Immersion Parents!

We are excited to bring you a NEW SI apparel sale!  Our design is based upon a few of the attributes of our GRCS Portrait of a Graduate!  We are proud of teaching our students to be culturally competent, lifelong explorers, and disciples of Christ within our SI program.  You will see these phrases in Spanish on the back of the shirts that are available.  All shirts are of high quality and can easily be ordered and paid for on-line!  Please have your orders placed before MARCH 29!

Click here to ORDER!

Please contact Señora Seth if you have any questions!

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Weekly Update

Bitmoji ImageHello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the sunny weekend!

Thank you! It was pleasure to connect with you at conferences! I am thankful for your support of our classroom. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns as they come up.

Homework – Homework for this week can be found here. Look for new English word sorts coming home this week.

 

Kakuma Book Fundraiser On Friday, we kicked off our read-a-thon to support Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya! Our read-a-thon will begin next week and will go on for 3 weeks. Today, students will be taking home 2 sheets. One of them is their pledge form where they ask for pledges for the amount of time they read at home. Instructions on how pledges can be made is right on that sheet. The second sheet is their reading tracker. They color in a rectangle for every 15 minutes that they read at home. At the end of the week, they cut out the slip for that week and bring it to school to turn in. (Be sure to keep track of the total number of minutes read at home.)  I will be keeping track of our classroom minutes so students only need to track their minutes read at home. Please let me know if you have any questions. Let the reading begin (or should I say continue…)! 

March is Reading Month Festivities – The GRCES theme for March is Reading Month is Wild About Reading! We will celebrate with the following Wild Wednesdays.

– March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)

– March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)

– March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

Wrapping up the Eagle Book Awards – This annual all-school reading program is wrapping up this upcoming Friday,  March 13. The goal is to read at least ten titles so each student can vote for their favorite book during the week of March 16.  A student that reads all 20 will also have the privilege of being invited to a Dessert Reception here in the library. Thanks for encouraging your child in participating in this program.

Curriculum Update

Reading – We are beginning a new unit this week about informational research! Students will work with their research team to learn more about a natural resource. They will begin by sharing what they think they already know about a topic, taking notes and organizing new learning and observations, and confirming previous knowledge with research. 

Writing – Students will finish publishing final drafts of their informational books this week. They are working hard to edit and add text features that explain their thinking!

Math – Students will work on calculating area and perimeter this week, including finding missing side lengths of rectangles.

Bible – This week, we will finish our unit about Moises and the rescue of the Israelites from Egypt. We will reflect on what we have learned on our Bible reflection.

Science – Students will explore more ideas about force and motion this week! They will explore how much force is needed to move different objects, build a pendulum, and conduct experiments about static electricity.

Have a great week! 

Vanessa

Important Dates:

3/11 Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)

3/18 Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)

3/20 3rd grade field trip to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. play

3/24 Spring Music Program (K-2)

3/25 Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

4/3-12 Spring Break

5/8 Half Day of School

5/13 Field Trip to Lansing!

5/25 No School – Memorial Day

5/29 Last Day of School – 1/2 Day

Read-a-thon for Kakuma Refugee Camp

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Hello parents,

Today we kicked off our read-a-thon to support Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya! Our read-a-thon will begin next week and will go on for 3 weeks. Today, students will be taking home 2 sheets. One of them is their pledge form where they ask for pledges for the amount of time they read at home. Instructions on how pledges can be made is right on that sheet. The second sheet is the reading tracker. They color in a rectangle for every 15 minutes that they read at home. At the end of the week, they cut out the slip for that week and bring it to school to turn in (Be sure to keep track of the total number of minutes read at home). I will be keeping track of our classroom minutes so students only need to track their minutes read at home. Please let me know if you have any questions. Let the reading begin (or should I say continue…)!

Have a great weekend,
Vanessa

Whitecaps Reading Calendar

Hello parents!

Today, students will be taking home the Whitecaps March is Reading Month incentive calendar.  Students need to read at least 15 minutes over 20 days during the month of March.  Once that is done, you can fill out the back where they can redeem for two free tickets and you can also purchase additional tickets if needed. THIS FORM DOES NOT COME BACK TO SCHOOL!  🙂

Let me know if you have any questions and happy reading month!
Vanessa

Weekly Update

Bitmoji ImageHello parents,

Welcome to March! I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather this weekend. There are a lot of announcements for March, please read them below carefully. Also below is our curriculum update. Thanks for staying up to date with our class happenings!

Homework can be found online here. Same English word sorts this week.

This week we kick off READING MONTH! The theme for this month is WILD ABOUT READING! We will be having Wild Wednesdays this month to show our school reading spirit:

March 4:  Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)

March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)

March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)

March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

This Friday, March 6 is GYM PICKUP – there is no GRPS busing but GRCS buses will be running.

*Keep an eye open for information about a special reading fundraiser for the Kakuma Book Drive coming home soon!

We are all set on drivers for our field trip to see the Martin Luther King Jr. play – thank you! I will be in touch with parent drivers soon.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – I enjoyed meeting with many of you for conferences this past week and look forward to more conferences this coming week. Please fill out this questionnaire if you haven’t already to help me prepare for our time together. Thanks!

Curriculum Update:

Reading – This is the last week of our book series club unit with Sra. Triminio’s class.  This week, we will be comparing the theme and plot of our books across the series. We will have a celebration of all we have learned with Sra. Triminio’s class on Friday.

Writing – Many students have revised/edited their informational books and have moved on to write their final draft including text features. We will continue to work on our final drafts this week!

Math – This week, students will be learning how to analyze data involving multidigit numbers to create horizontal and vertical bar graphs. Students will also be constructing and analyzing frequency tables, line plots, pictographs, and bar graphs.

Bible – This week, we will be learning about the 10 plagues that God sent Egypt to show his power. God wanted to show all people, including the Israelites, that he is the only and true God through these plagues.

Science – Students are excited to be doing a science unit again! We will be focusing on forces and motions for the next few weeks. Students will be learning about how different forces like push, pull, and gravity affect how things interact with each other. Best of all, it includes planning a tug of war tournament.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

Vanessa

Dates to note:

3/3 Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/4: Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)

3/5 Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/6 – No GRPS busing

3/11 – Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)

3/13 – All school chapel – all are welcome!

3/18 – Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)

3/20 – 3rd grade Field trip to Dr. Martin Luther King play

3/24 K-2 Spring Music Program

3/25 – Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)

4/3-12 Spring Break

5/13- Class field trip to Lansing – let me know if you’d like to join us!